one minute videos

Today I would like to explore a very useful collection of videos  recently started by Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley, authors of the celebrated textbook series Outcomes. These videos are housed in their Youtube Channel Lexical Lab and the idea behind these videos is to explore common English expressions through life situations where you might expect to hear or use them. This series is called One-minute … Continue reading one minute videos

a song lesson on plastic pollution

If you were to pick three things you really love in life, which three things would you pick? I would definitely pick English (including learning, teaching, training and writing), music and traveling in no specific order. Today I will be sharing with you the music hat that I wear sometimes in life. A few months ago I wrote a song about plastic pollution. It started … Continue reading a song lesson on plastic pollution

taking sides

This speaking activity gets students to make choices, take sides and use arguments and counter arguments to support their ideas. This is how it goes: Think of controvesial issues for debate in the classroom. For instance, “eating meat is wrong”. Do not  disclose this topic but write “eating meat is …” on the board instead. Ask the students to come up to the board and … Continue reading taking sides

vertical and horizontal development

In the book Teaching Lexically, Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkey refer to horizontal and vertical development exercises and the pay-offs they bring.  By developping a sentence horizontally we are adding something that the writer or speaker  might say next. By developping a sentence vertically we are adding something that someone else might say next.  I’m quoting from their excellent book now. “These kinds of exercises … Continue reading vertical and horizontal development